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The Cure For 40% of Cancer Cases

According to new statistics from Cancer Research UK, four out of 10 cancer cases recorded during a five-year period (2007-2011) could have been prevented with a healthy lifestyle. Of all the 300,000 cases studied, 40 percent could have been prevented if the patients had done something as simple as quitting smoking, eating healthier foods like fruits and vegetables on a regular basis, drinking less alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight with moderate exercise.

Many of these cancers are preventable, and implementing such simple acts can help prevent or reduce the risk of contracting the disease. As a statistician working on the study reported, “Leading a healthy lifestyle can’t guarantee someone won’t get cancer but we can stack the odds in our favor by taking positive steps now that will help decrease our cancer risk in [the] future.”

So when you’re making your New Year’s Resolutions this week, think about what lifestyle changes you can make to help guarantee a healthy future for yourself, and encourage your loved ones to do the same!

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Secret to Olive Oil’s Cancer-Fighting Properties Unlocked

Olive oil has long been known for its heart healthy properties, as well as its ability to destroy cancer cells. But the reason behind its ability to quickly kill those cells has been unknown, until now.

A study published in Molecular & Cellular Oncology discovered that the key to understanding the toxic effect of olive oil’s oleocanthal compound on cancerous cells lies in its reaction with the lysosomes of the cell, where the cells store waste: the oleocantha ruptures the cancer cell lysosomes, causing cell death within 30 minutes to an hour while leaving un-cancerous cells unharmed. This suggests that the lysosomal membranes of cancerous cells are weaker than those of uncancerous cells. Because of oleocantha’s targeted damage to cancer cells, it may prove an ideal option for therapeutic cancer treatment.

The study’s focus on the effect of oleocantha on cancerous and un-cancerous cells leads to larger implications about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in EVOO. Study co-author Paul Breslin stated, “The Mediterranean diet is known to be associated with a reduced risk of many different kinds of cancer. Whereas the entire diet likely has many benefits, this study points directly to the olive oil phenolic, oleocanthal, as playing an especially important role in these observations. As more people turn to the Mediterranean diet as a healthy life option, oleocanthal is growing in its significance as a key active component of this diet.”

Information gathered from Science Daily.